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My sister came to visit last weekend, from niagra falls.
She arrived on Thursday, but we didn’t see her until friday.

She came over just before 5, and we headed out soon after.

My sister is heavily into geo-caching, so we headed to search.

I’m not fully educated in geo-caching yet, but basically people leave items in different places in a city, and you have to try to find them. When you find an item, you write your name and or initals on a piece of paper, and you log about it on a website.
There’s more to it, but that’s the basic idea.

To be honest, I don’t really get the allure of it, but my sister’s into it, and my wife got into it, so I’ll give it a shot.

We found one cache in a park, but no luck with other ones.

After that, we went for dinner at the Grand Pizzeria.
I had Corona, and Caramel Latte Cake, which was damn good.
We headed home after that to get some much needed sleep before the long, busy day ahead of us.

I woke up at 7:30 am on saturday, and my wife and I were out the door by 9.
We headed off to see my granny at the nursing home with my family.
My mom, sister, brother, and three year old nephew were there.

We all hung out together, which we rarely get to do, which was nice.
My nephew was racing around outside in a car, so my wife suggested that we have a race.
Sure enough, we raced around for a few minutes, which was fun. It also gave me a chance to do something with my nephew. The last time I saw him was two years ago and he was just a baby.

After our visit, it was time to get tattoos. My sister got two tattoos, and two removed.

We got there around 1, and I tried finding a design that I wanted.

For the longest time, I wanted to get a wheelchair symbol done in a celtic style.
Then I started thinking as I wrote my initals a few times on my computer.
The more I wrote it, the more I realized that the “L” could easily be turned into a wheelchair. So I went there with an idea.

This is what we managed to come up with:

Personally, I think it’s the best tattoo that I have, and I think it suits me well.
It didn’t hurt when I got it, and it only took 20 minutes to get it done.

I’d like to eventually get a stamp made of it, and I’d use it as my official signature.

As far as I know, it’s very original too, which I like.

After that, my wife and I came home for an hour before our next voyage.

Our next stop was East Side Mario’s for family dinner.
This time, it was my wife & I, my mom, dad, sister, and nephew.
I drank wine, and more cake.
At one point, my nephew tried to feed me ice cream, and he managed to get it into my mouth.

After dinner, my wife and I window shopped a bit before we headed home.
The rest of the night, my wife hung out with me at my place.

The next day was spent with my wife trying to recover from the day before.

I did laundry on Monday.

Tuesday was spent having espresso, and then geo-caching that night.
We didn’t have any luck though.

I also got my wife to pick out a gift for our 4th anniversary of being engaged, which is on Thursday.
I can be pretty clueless when it comes to buying her stuff, so now we go together, so she can pick whatever she wants.

She picked out two gemstones, which are our birthstones, and she’s gonna wear them as a necklace.

All together now.

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AWWWWWW!

In all seriousness, I think she’ll look beautiful wearing them for our dinner date.
We’re heading to the Merlot Rooftop Grill. We went there last year, and enjoyed it.
It’s a restaurant on top of a hotel, and it revolves.

As for Wednesday, we had coffee together. We were going to geo-cache, but it started raining.

If I have time tomorrow, I’ll (re) share the story of how I proposed.

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On Friday, my friend, Alan came to visit. We hung out, drank, and laughed our asses off.
We’ll be checking out a Comedy Show on August 29th at a Bar called Grace O’Malley’s in the West End.
If all goes well, I hope to be able to do a set there in September or October, which would be awesome. I really miss performing Stand-Up Comedy, and I’m glad that other Comedians told me about the place.

In other news, I had a pretty lazy Weekend, which is good because I have a busy Week ahead.
Here’s what’s happening:

Monday — Retraining an Attendant who’s returning to work for me. Also, meeting a potential new Attendant.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday — Traning another new Attendant all day.

Wednesday — I’m getting a new Ventilator, which requires five hours training apparently.

Thursday — I’m suppose to meet one of the Organizers of the Casino Sound & Light Festival to discuss Wheelchair Accessibility. We were originally supposed to meet on Monday, but it was supposed to rain, so I had to postpone. it.
As luck would have it, it rained on Sunday, and apparently will rain on Thursday now. I hope we can work something out, cause that Festival needs alot of improving with Wheelchair Accessibility.

Any free time in between will be spent trying to remain sane.

Wish me luck!

On Monday, my Wife arrived home just after 11 PM. Her Brother drove her, with his Daughter.
We hung out for two hours as they got ready for Bed.

I usually see his Daughter once a Year, and she’s a great Kid. A little wacky at times, but who isn’t when they’re ten years old.

I remember the first time that I met her.
My In-Laws, & my Wife all went to a Restaurant. I order Deep Fried Ice Cream, and she wanted to feed it to me. I thought that I’d end up wearing it, but no, she did great.

See, Kids, if you offer to feed a Disabled Family Member or Friend, Ice Cream or Beer, it’s a beautiful thing.

First, you’re helping us, which SOME of us truly appreciate, especially with food.

Secondly, it gives them a hands on experience about being around Disabled People, and shows them briefly what we deal with. It also gives you a chance to ask us questions.

Speaking of asking questions, I know I’ve said this before, but I can’t say it enough.
Sometimes when I go out, Kids ask me or their Parents “what happened to me”.
Usually Parents are quick to shush them or something. To me, that’s wrong.

I’d personally prefer if Kids ask me or ask their Parents, and that I or the Parents answer their questions.
Kids are naturally curious about life in general, especially about me.
To them, I probably look like a Giant evil Cyborg.
So, Parents, chill out, let them ask, and let me answer please.

If I can educate them, and hopefully help them not become ignorant, & shallow, & uninformed like alot of Adults, I’ll be happy to talk to them.

Adults, for the most part, are a lost cause.

I’m done my little speech now

Anyways…

We spent the next day together. The Weather was crappy, so we hung out, played some Games.

My Wife and her Brother decided to go get a Pizza, so I got to babysit for about twenty minutes. It was nice cause I never get to spend time alone with his Daughter.

I showed her some Pictures of me online, and played some games online. I wish we had more time together, but it was nice while it lasted.

It reminded me of when I was a Kid living in the Hospital. I looked after TONS of Kids, almost daily. We’d play Video Games, watch TV, listen to Music, play Board Games, or just talk. I’d do whatever it took to cheer them up, and make them forget their illness for a little while.

Anyways, a few hours later, my Brother-In-Law & his Daughter left to head back to his Dad’s, before heading home to Halifax today.

Speaking of today, all I’ve done is I met my Wife for Lunch near her work.
Then, I went to the Bank to get Laundry Change for her.
I’ve done my good deed for the day.

Speaking of Laundry, I’m gonna do some now.

On Wednesday, I called my Chair Tech Guy to see if my Controller would be back by Friday. At the time, he didn’t sound too positive about it. Needless to say, I was frustrated at the time.

Eventually, it ended in a good way, but let’s talk about in between.

On Thursday, I headed to B In The Park, which were Bagpipes in a Park. I decided to take a Cab because there was no way that I’d be able to go from the Bus Stop to the Park using my crappy beat up Nintendo Chair Controller.

My Cab showed up at 5:30, and I got down there about fifteen minutes later.
Now, it was my understanding that it would cost $10 to get in, but nobody asked me for it. It’s a good thing cause I spent $10 just getting there.

The first Band were Sons Of Scotland. I think they were a local Pipe Band. They were good, but not as good as The City Of Chicago Marching Band.

Shortly after they came on, I had to go catch my ride home. I booked my ride early, so I could get home to spend time with my Wife before she left for her Dad’s place. She’s gone all Weekend, but at least we were able to spend time together, both Thursday & Friday.

On Friday, I woke up & found out that my Chair Tech Guy dropped of my Controller. I found out soon after that it didn’t work, and neither did my backup one. Luckily, he was able to return a few hours later and he fixed it.

So now, I have my good Controller back, and I’m all set to enjoy the great outdoors this Weekend.

A few hours after he left, I spent a few Minutes with my Wife, and had Iced Coffee.
Not to sound like a Commercial, but Starbucks sells packs of Instant Coffee, which are actually pretty good. I recommend it.

I walked with my Wife to the Bus Stop to catch the Bus to the Train Station. The Bus pulled up right when we got there, so we just had time for a quick kiss.

There was no cheesy Celine Dion song playing or Rain falling, or me crying, or me ripping my shirt off, or glittering, or some crap. Have fun picturing all of that though.

After she left, I went to the Store to buy a Lottery Ticket, then returned home to do Laundry. Good times on a Friday night!

Anyways, like I said, I’ll be out & about all Weekend.
There’s the Busker Fest, & the Rideau Canal Festival, and I’ll be at both.
Both need to improve Wheelchair Accessibility, but I can’t save the World that fast.

I’ll be making mental notes this Weekend on how I can help, if they want it.

I hope you all have a good Weekend out there.

I’m heading to day 5 of Bluesfest soon, but wanted to give a quick recap of day 4.

I left just before 7 pm, as it was still raining.
Rain doesn’t really bother me if I’m prepared.
When I say prepared, I’m referring to having a Poncho.
If I don’t have it & use it, my Wheelchair go nuts once it gets wet.
Like I said though, I was prepared.

I arrived just before 7:30, and got ready for the show.
I realized after I parked my Chair by the Stage that Umbrellas are perversely big, and not really good if you’re trying to see the Stage.

The show started, and I was rockin’ out.
Sure, I looked like a demented Bubble Boy, but I didn’t care.
The rain stopped shortly after the show started, and I broke free from my Bubble.

Hole was pretty good. I’ve been wanting to see them for awhile now.
They’re one of those Bands that has a “train wreck” appeal to it.
All in all, I was pretty impressed.

From there, I headed to the Blacksheep Stage and caught the end of “The Italian Show”.
It wasn’t bad, but not being Italian, I didn’t get some of the jokes.

After the show, they told everyone to get out so they could get ready for Louis CK.
In a funny moment, as I was leaving the Tent, I overheard some guy yelled something about a guy in the Wheelchair. I turned around so he could see me, but he didn’t say anything to me. I just kept going out of the Tent.

I headed outside to wait while they setup.
Awhile later, they let us in.

Louis CK was great
This was my second time seeing him.
My first time was a few years ago in Montreal at the Just For Laughs Festival.
He performed for almost two hours.
By the time I left, the rest of the site had shut down for the night.

As for today, I plan on seeing Big Jeezus Truck at 2, Staff Benda Bilili at 3.
At 5, I’m supposed to be meeting up with CTV News to be interviewed about Wheelchair Accessibility.
After that, I might be hooking up with a friend for a bit.

This time of year is usually busy for me, but this year, it’s even crazier.
I don’t mind it though, and I’m enjoying every minute of it, to be honest.

Rock on!

So, as most of you know, I wasn’t at Bluesfest on Thursday Night.
Instead, my Wife& I went to see a one man play put on by good friend, Alan Shain.
For show details, just read one of my posts here from this past week.
The show was pretty good, and I suggest you folks check it out if you can.

With that said, let’s talk about stuff that also happened last night.

My Wife & I went for Dinner before the show at The Table, in Westboro.
I ended up having Chocolate Cheesecake, which was awesome!
The Theatre was right across the Street, and we managed to get inside right before it rained.

After the show, we hung out, & chatted with people, including the main star.
From there, we headed home on the OC Transpo.
We had to transfer soon after because we arrived at the last stop.
No big deal.

That was pretty much our night.

As for (Friday) today, I wanted to do laundry, but I forgot that I was out of Bleach.
I went to Shoppers Drug Mart, but they were out, tried another drugstore, but they were out too.
Finally, I had to go to a Corner Store to get some. I ended up paying almost $5 for it.
At least, I was lucky enough to just miss the rain.

Just because I’m disabled, it doesn’t mean that I don’t deal with life’s little annoyances.

As for Bluesfest, luckily I have a ride tonight so I can see Louis CK even if it rains.
The show’s inside a Tent.
I’m not sure if I’ll get to see anyone else. It depends on the Weather.
Apparently, it’s supposed to be nice all weekend, so even if I only see one show tonight, I’ll make up for it this Weekend.

Weekend highlights for me:
Big Jeezus Truck, Staff Benda Bilili, The Flaming Lips, Steve Poltz (hopefully) & RUSH.
I’m sure there’s TONS more too.

Speaking of Bluesfest, here’s the Interview/Article about me from Bluesfest. http://www.ottawabluesfest.ca/node/1081

Please check it out.

As I said in my last post, if you see me around the Bluesfest site, don’t be shy, come over & say hi to me. I love meeting new people, especially at Bluesfest.

For those wondering what I look like, well, I drive a HUGE black powered Wheelchair. From the front, I wear a Mic near my mouth to amplify my voice. From the back, I have a Backpack on the back of my Chair, and a Ventilator to help me breathe..

So there ya go.

I hope everyone has a great Weekend out there.

Rock on!

On Saturday, my Wife and I headed to Westboro to walk around.

Our first stop was Thyme & Again, which is a place where they make you food for a Week or something, and you can pick it up. I don’t know, something like that.
Anyways, I had an Espresso on the Patio there, which was pretty good actually.

From there, we headed to The Cube Gallery.
My Wife is from Montreal, so she wanted to see the Exhibit on Montreal.
It was small, but pretty good.

I love Montreal. I think it’s a beautiful City, but not overely Wheelchair Accessible.
The Subway isn’t even Accessible.

After the Gallery, we went to The Ottawa Bagel Shop.

This was my first time there, and I was impressed.
Besides the Bagels, & other food, they have a Restaurant, a Bar, Patio, TV’s, and a Coffee Bar.
I’ve never even heard of a Coffee Bar before, but I plan on checking it out before Summer ends.
The only bad part about the place is that the Bathrooms are downstairs.
If it weren’t for that, this would be a perfect place for me to hang out.

From there, we headed to a Store to check our Lottery Tickets, but we didn’t win.

In a funny moment, we passed by a Sex Shop, and right beside it was a Bar called “The Wood”.
So, basically, you can go have fun at the Wood, and then walk next door and buy stuff to fix your wood.

I should’ve taken a picture of the two places, maybe next time.
I personally found it highly amusing.

We headed to The Irving Greenberg Thetre to check it out.
We’re going to see “Time To Put My Socks On”, which is a Play written by, and stars, Alan Shain.
Alan’s a good friend of mine, and one of the reasons why I got into Comedy.

Here’s what the show’s about:

Time To Put My Socks On follows Marc – a 30-something year old guy with cerebral palsy who is about to celebrate his first anniversary with Linda, his nondisabled partner. Marc is bursting with excitement. He loves Linda! Linda loves him! She is poised to move in … Marc is plagued with doubts. Linda has a sock fetish. The more elaborate and colourful the sock the better! But Marc swears by white tube socks. They are quick and easy to put on. Can the love between Marc and Linda survive their war over socks?

An Original One Act
Created by Alan Shain & Michele Decottignies (Stage Left Productions)
Directed by Michele Decottignes & Nicole Dunbar (Stage Left Productions)

July 8, 9, 10 @ 8PM; SATURDAY MATINEE@ 3PM
Preview July 7, P.W.Y.C.

THE IRVING GREENBERG THEATRE CENTRE STUDIO, 1233 WELLINGTON (at Holland)

TICKETS $15 /$13 students & seniors/$12 MATINEE

CALL 613-236-5196 TO RESERVE
NO REFUNDS OR TICKET EXCHANGES
WARNING: Nudity & Adult Content

If you’re in the Ottawa Area, I urge you to please check it out.
I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyways, we headed home afterwards to get out of the heat.

A few hours later, we headed to see the Movie, The Last Airbender.
It was ok, but for $13, I expected a little more.

On Sunday, I headed downtown to have Beer, & walk around.

On Sunday Night, my Wife wanted to see Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.
We saw them last year at Bluesfest, and they were great.
We didn’t want to pay $50 for Tickets, so we watched it from the outside.
Eventually, we got in and caught the end, which was pretty good.

Today (Monday) was interesting.
I got up at 10, and headed to the site of Bluesfest to check out Wheelchair Accessibility.
I was mostly concerned about the new Comedy Tent that they’ll be using.

One of the Organizers discussed the specifications of it, and how to get in.

When I first arrived, I noticed that the floor was two inches above the ground.
For people in Wheelchairs, that would be a problem, so I suggested that they put a Ramp.
I just received word (as I wrote this) that a Ramp will indeed be installed.

Voila!
It feels good to actually be listened to.

The Wheelchair Area will be along the side of the Tent, and you should have a clear view of the Stage.

The other problem that I brought up previously was not being able to see the Main Stage if people are standing. The fix for that was to add an elevated Platform, so we can see.
I checked it out, and it seems good.
It could be a little higher, but it’s a good start.
It seats between 10-15 Wheelchairs, and it’s really close to the Stage.
Unfournately, they weren’t able to put a Platform on any of the other Stages.

Personally, I’m very proud of the work I’ve done for the past three years at Bluesfest.
They’ve come a long way, but there’s still alot more to do as far as making it more Wheelchair Accessible.
It’s a great feeling watching it grow, and get better every year.
I plan to continue doing this for many years to come.

As far as being interviewed about being a Wheelchair Accessibility Advisor, that’s still a go. We’re just trying to figure out when, but it’ll either be this Week or next.

Speaking of Bluesfest, the fun starts in less than 24 hours.
If I get a chance on Tuesday, I’ll run down who I plan on checking out at Bluesfest this year.

I headed home after checking out the site.

As I turned the Corner, I saw Fire Trucks outside my Building.
Luckily, it was a false alarm, but the Elevators stopped working while people were returning home.
I decided to go have a few Beers at The Royal Oak.
An hour later, everything was back to normal.